A Golden Weekend

Oh hey there! It’s been a while, huh? I’m sorry… I’ve been so busy. My mom had knee replacement surgery a few weeks ago, so I’ve been spending most of my evenings visiting her at the care facility while she recovered (she’s been doing awesome!). On the weekends, I took trips to Golden, CO to visit my sis and the little cuckoos and then I took a solo Memorial Day adventure down to Southern Utah. Tomorrow, I’m headed up to Montana for a week to reconnect with one of my favorite places, Whitefish. So yeah… whirlwind! I’m even way behind on my tv watching (don’t say anything about Mad Men or Game of Thrones), and I try to keep on top of that. Anyway, I’d love to share with you some of my weekend in Golden. (My sister blogged about it in more detail, too.)

I finally got to see Penny Lane and Peter in action for their soccer games. Penny played on Friday (right after I got in town).

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As you can see, she keeps up with all the big kids.

On Saturday, Amanda took me to the Denver Art Museum. She just got an annual membership, so I’m looking forward to visiting more often. At first, Peter was not excited about going to the museum, but then he discovered how much fun it is.

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We couldn’t stay forever at the museum, though, because we had to get back to Golden for Peter’s final soccer game. I really liked going to the kids’ games. The weather was perfect, and while Peter took his turn on the bench, the rest of us could just relax and play together.

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Peter got a trophy and then faced off with Penny.

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After church on Sunday, we took a drive up Lookout Mountain so I could finally see Buffalo Bill’s grave. There’s an awesome view from there, especially if you use the spy glasses.

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The weekends in Colorado always go much too fast. Luckily I get to hang with these guys in Montana.

Hopefully I’ll get back in the swing of blogging pretty soon. I have lots to catch up on!

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Driving Up Lookout Mountain

I went to Golden this past weekend for a quick trip because it had been far too long since I had seen my little munchkin nieces and nephew. I got in late on Friday night and Peter woke me up bright and early on Saturday morning. I wish I could say it’s because he was so excited to see me, but the first thing he asked was if I brought my phone. This was early enough that we could watch the sunrise as we ate cereal in the dining room.

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And yes, that photo was taken just outside their front door. They have a pretty amazing view. Mike and Peter had other plans that morning, but Amanda took me and the girls for a drive up Lookout Mountain.

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We stopped part way up for views of Golden, including the Coors Brewery.

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And even further up, we stopped at a scenic overlook.

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Do you see a little glimpse of Denver just behind that mountain?

As we crested the mountain, we saw a deer on the side of the road.

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It was a short drive, but a beautiful one. I had hoped for better weather on my trip. Unfortunately, it was kind of grey and cold and windy the whole time. Good thing I had such cheery company.

A Quick Trip to Golden

I love that my sister now lives just a short hour-and-a half-flight away. It makes it so easy to pop over the mountains whenever I can find a good deal on airfare. Even if it’s just for a short weekend. We didn’t do anything too special. Just played with some legos and spent the afternoon at the park. Did I mention it was the first of December and we were in short sleeves? It was the best.

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We also had a picnic on campus and enjoyed some pizza from Golden landmark, Woody’s, courtesy of Mike winning the best beard at the School of Mines. This gave the kids the perfect opportunity to draw on a huge chalkboard.

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Later that night, we bundled up to take a stroll through the lights in downtown Golden.

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I had to leave Sunday evening, so after church on Sunday we just relaxed and watched Dumbo. I was curious to know how a child viewed the crazy pink elephant scene. In Peter’s words, “This is weird!” The kids took advantage of my phone and spent time playing Star Wars Angry Birds and Bad Piggies. I love how they look all huddled together.

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Aww… I just love those kiddos. It’s always hard to leave.

red light, green light

On Labor Day, I got into a pretty competitive game of Red Light, Green Light with the kids. It started off with just Peter and Lucy.

That Peter… he’s so speedy. Let’s try another round. This time, Penny Lane joined us.

He won again. Later that afternoon, we all went out for some ice cream. I think Penny and Lucy got more on their face than in their mouths.

Aww… I already miss these kids. I’m so happy they moved back west because I can’t wait to see them again. After Europe.

Campus Tour

I love a good college campus — the trees, the old buildings, the statue, the kids walking around with backpacks and lounging with books. It’s all just so idyllic. Sometimes I regret that I ended my academic career after my masters so I didn’t get to spend the rest of my life on a college campus. Luckily I get to live vicariously through my brother-in-law. And when he’s grading three sessions of math tests, I get to remember how awesome it is that I never have to worry about work once I leave the office. On Sunday, Mike and the family took me on a tour of the Colorado School of Mines campus.

The Colorado School of Mines has a lot going for it. Sure the academics are great, but more importantly, it has an awesome name and a pretty cool mascot – Blaster the Burro. Mike has actually seen the real live Blaster walking around campus, but we had to settle for the statue. The kids love Blaster. They like to feed him baby apples from a nearby tree.

The kids could do that for hours. Molly was more interested in sleeping. We finally persuaded them to leave the burro behind to go visit the statue of the chief. But first, we stopped by a beautiful building with the crest of the school on it.

And near the building is, in Peter’s words, “the smoothest rock ever!”

Mike helped the girls give the chief a hug.

Lucy stopped to check in on Molly while Peter walked all the way around the statue.

And then they played on the rocks for a while. Seriously, these kids are getting too easy. They mostly just entertain themselves and play with each other.

While walking around campus, Mike was telling us about the amazing view of Tabletop Mountain in one of the classrooms in which he teaches. We tried to go inside to see it but the doors were locked. Peter ended up finding an open one, though, so we all took the elevator up to the third floor. Yeah, I wouldn’t mind teaching in this room.

Or just hang out in this little area.

We had one more sculpture to visit on our way back to the car.

The engineering sculpture. The kids loved climbing it.

It’s too bad Mines only offers a Humanities minor. I wouldn’t have minded spending lots of time at that campus.

Just for good measure, I’ll close out this post with a few extra photos of Molly.

Lovely Golden

Since my last visit with Amanda and family, they moved across the country to lovely Golden, Colorado. I am thrilled to have them so much closer! And I was so excited about my 90 minute flight on Friday. I forgot that you have to add on waiting at the airport and then delays due to rain and then a really delayed baggage claim (40 minutes!) and it turns out that the Denver International Airport is really far away from Denver, so my short flight ended up being at least 5 hours of travel, but hey, it was still pretty easy. And totally worth it!

Because Mike and Amanda couldn’t move into their rental until the day after I arrived, they had been staying in an Extended Stay. On Saturday, Mike and some movers unloaded the moving van while Amanda and I got to take the kids to the park.

Golden has lots of great parks, but the best part about them is that each one has views like this:

But for me, my favorite part was getting to spend time with these guys.